Producers’ Film Picks for August 2014
The theme this month is: “Western Movements/Western Moments”.
CITIZEN KANE (1941)
Directed by Orson Welles @ 119 minutes.
Written by Orson Welles, John Houseman, & Herman J. Mankiewicz.
The film stars Orson Welles, Joseph Cotten, Agnes Moorehead, Ruth Warrick, Everett Sloane, Paul Stewart, with cameos by Nat “King” Cole, & Alan Ladd.
Synopsis: This is a tale about Charles Foster Kane, a man whose extraordinary rise to fame was only matched by his downfall off “the top of the world”–& of the journalistic quest to understand & decipher his final utterance: Rosebud.
Tagline: It’s terrific! The classic story of power & the press.
A year in the making–& every minute an exciting new thrill.
I hate him! I love him! Hero or heel, scoundrel or saint, or
just a crazy genius?
THE BIG LEBOWSKI (1998)
Written & Directed by Ethan & Joel Coen @ 117 minutes.
The film stars Jeff Bridges, John Goodman, Julianne Moore, Steve Buscemi, John Turturro, David Huddleston, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Peter Stormare, David Thewlis, Ben Gazzara, Jon Polito, narrated by Sam Elliott.
Synopsis: When the “Dude” Lebowski is mistaken for a millionaire–two thugs urinate on his oriental rug to force him to pay a debt that he was unaware of. Facing the actual millionaire, asking for compensation, he finds himself accepting a one-time job with a high pay-off. Things go awry & too soon everyone from Porn empire tycoons to Nihilists want a piece of the Dude.
Taglines: They figured he was a lazy time-wasting sloth–they were right.
It takes guys as simple as the Dude & Walter to create a story this complex.
Written & Directed by Richard Linklater & 165 minutes.
The film stars Ellar Coltrane, Patricia Arquette, Ethan Hawke, & Lorelei Linklater.
Synopsis: Filmed over a 12 year period with the same cast, we watch a boy named Mason grow up on the screen as we witness this movie charting the rocky terrain of childhood; from adolescence through the teen years–like no other film has ever done before.
Tagline: 12 years in the making.
NOTE: BOYHOOD will open at the Grand Cinema on Friday, August 8, 2014, & it will probably run for several weeks; but for our purposes, pretend it will only run for one week–because this is one of those odd months where the second Wednesday, 8/13/14 is our Discussion night, following the August 8th second screening. So, that’s right, you will only have six days to get out & see the movie.
CITIZEN KANE will screen at CSL on Friday, August 1, 2014.
THE BIG LEBOWSKI will screen at CSL on Friday, 8/8/14.
The Center For Spiritual Living is located at 206 N. J Street, on the corner of J Street & Division, across the street from the Group Health hospital.
The Grand Cinema is located at 606 S. Fawcett Avenue, on the corner of 6th & Fawcett, in the historic Merlino Building.